Martedì, 16 Ottobre 2018

Nursing home, flats evacuated as Sardinian fires rage


Cagliari, August 8 - A nursing home was evacuated
as fires raged in the forests and brush of Sardinia, authorities
said Thursday.
Volunteers joined firefighters in combating the flames that
consumed at least 2,000 hectares of vegetation on the island on
A final assessment of the damage had not been made but
crews were busy fighting spot fires that continued to break out
amid ongoing hot, dry weather.
Meteorologists say temperatures have climbed past 40
degrees C on Sardinia, and hot winds have fanned the flames.
Laconi, a small town in the centre of the island, came
under particular threat and about 40 people were evacuated from
their homes as a precaution,
However, after spending the night in local schools many
returned to their homes Thursday morning.
The elderly were also moved out of a nursing home in the
nearby village of Su Lau as a precaution.
Meanwhile, firefighters used three helicopters and a water
bomber on fires that remain active in the area of Sinnai, about
20 kilometres from the city of Cagliari.

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